Statue of Akhenaten

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Elsie McLaughlin
published on 26 July 2017
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This fragmentary statue of the pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) dates from the Amarna Period (c. 1353-1336 BCE), and was originally housed in a temple complex to the Aten near Karnak, in what is now modern-day Luxor. Currently on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris, it is a prime example of the exaggerated "Amarna Art" style. In almost all official court artwork, Akhenaten is depicted in a highly stylistic manner, with an elongated face, distorted facial features, spindly limbs and a feminine body shape. It is unlikely that the king actually looked this strange; rather, his appearance was likely exaggerated for symbolic/religious reasons.

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Elsie McLaughlin
Elsie McLaughlin is an aspiring Egyptologist, whose areas of interest include the Amarna Period, gender, female kingship, and the history of the early New Kingdom, as well as the relationship between royal women & warfare in the New Kingdom.

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McLaughlin, E. (2017, July 26). Statue of Akhenaten. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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McLaughlin, Elsie. "Statue of Akhenaten." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 26, 2017.

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McLaughlin, Elsie. "Statue of Akhenaten." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 26 Jul 2017. Web. 28 Nov 2021.